How Do Eels Make Electricity?


Electric eels are some of the most feared creatures because of their shock, but how does their electric shock work and how much damage does it do?

4 Freshwater Animals More Terrifying Than Sharks ►►►►
Get Awesome DNews Science Shirts! ►►►►
Sign Up For The TestTube Newsletter Here ►►►►

Read More:
Electric eels use high-voltage to track fast-moving prey

“Electric eels are legendary for their ability to incapacitate fish, humans, and horses with hundreds of volts of electricity. The function of this output as a weapon has been obvious for centuries but its potential role for electroreception has been overlooked.”

Electric Eels Concentrate Their Electric Field to Induce Involuntary Fatigue in Struggling Prey

“In a typical attack, eel discharges cause brief, immobilizing tetanus, allowing eels to swallow small prey almost immediately. Here I show that when eels struggle with large prey or fish held precariously, they commonly curl to bring their own tail to the opposite side of prey, sandwiching it between the two poles of their powerful electric organ.”
____________________

DNews is dedicated to satisfying your curiosity and to bringing you mind-bending stories & perspectives you won’t find anywhere else! New videos twice daily.

Watch More DNews on TestTube

Subscribe now!

DNews on Twitter

Trace Dominguez on Twitter

Julia Wilde on Twitter

DNews on Facebook

DNews on Google+

Discovery News

Download the TestTube App:

Sign Up For The TestTube Mailing List:

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *